Hi Guys - for the last couple of months I've been struggling with AMT's 1/12 Cord. I hadn't planned on doing a WIP on this kit but to be frank it has got so bad that I thought I'd post a few bits as a warning to any one else out there planning on getting this thing out of the box in the future. The pieces are clumsy and badly moulded and the fit absolutely atrocious but this can be overcome to a greater extent until we run across a fundamental problem that makes it almost unbuildable - and that's the doors!
Here's a shot of the body in primer after 10 days trying to sort it out. Mainly again it's the doors that cause the problem. The right hand side wasn't too bad but the left one was over 2mm too big to fit the aperture - other problems were just sink marks and flash, but we're used to that.
The doors are meant to open and the windows wind up and this means that there is a cog mechanism on the inside - this works OK but makes the doors very thick (the glass holder is way too thick in my opinion) and heavy for the hinge.
Here's the hinge - despite making sure that it is bonded well and as accurate as I can get it the door drops alarmingly when open.
Now the real problem, after all that waffle....
Look what happens when the dashboard is fitted
Oops! the doors won't shut and this is after I have taken nearly 3mm off the front of the dash in an effort to move it forward to clear the interior door cards.
And that is where I'm at so far............................
All I can think to do now is (1) either shove it all back in the box and forget about it or (2) carry out major surgery on the door inners, dump the thick windows with thinner acetate, forget the winders and thin down the door cards to let the doors close on the dash. Whether I can still fashion some hinges, because they will go when the edges of the door cards are sanded down, remains to be seen. It may end up with the doors bonded shut.
Any comments or other useful ideas appreciated.
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